The first time I heard Weelkes’ setting of verses 1, 2 and 4 of Psalm 33 (the text of verse 2 is slightly adapted) I was surprised at how severely plain and unadorned it was – not in Weelkes’ normal style at all. It’s a Full anthem for four voices (SATB) and organ with some rather vigorous homophonic writing that combines well with the workmanlike imitation. Short, severe, and simple, but very pleasing to the ear nevertheless. Enjoy :-).
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Rejoice in the Lord
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh well the just to be thankful.
2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing psalms unto Him.
4 For the word of the Lord is true: and all his works are faithful.
- Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum conducted by Benjamin Nicholas